Insurance helps Kenyan livestock herders cope with drought
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Insurance helps Kenyan livestock herders cope with drought

‘The index-based insurance program is run by the Kenya-based International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), and funded by the British, U.S. and Australian governments and the European Union. The donors subsidize the cover to make it affordable for pastoralists. Continue reading

Article / Cattle / Dairying / North Africa

Got Milk? Dairy found essential to prehistoric development in Africa–new research

Petroglyphs and pictographs in the Jebel Acacus, Libyan Sahara (photo on Flickr by Carsten ten Brink / 10b travelling). This month’s publication of a scientific article on new evidence of livestock herding in prehistoric Africa is stirring interest. ScienceDaily, for example, reports the following: Chemical analysis of pottery reveals first dairying in Saharan Africa nearly 7,000 years … Continue reading

Africa / France / North Africa

G-8 leaders throw weight, and promised funds, behind Arab and Africa ‘Springs’

Egyptian women protesting in Tahrir Square (photo credit: Joseph Hill, nebedaay’s Flickr photostream). The UPI reports that ‘the world’s leading economic powers closed their G-8 summit in Deauville, France, this Friday [27 May 2011]  by pledging aid to new democracies in the Arab world and Africa. The Group of Eight—the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, … Continue reading

Bird flu / Egypt / Food Security / Middle East / North Africa / Poultry / Zoonotic Diseases

Food and Egypt: Did high food prices help stir the public revolts?

In Egypt, rising food prices have caused panic and hunger: Girl with koshary, Egypt’s national dish, consisting of rice, lentils, chickpeas and macaroni topped with salsa or, for the lucky few with more money, meat (photo credit: James Buck’s Flickr photostream). In the months of October and November 2010, Ellen Geerlings, then working for the United … Continue reading

Animal Diseases / Asia / Bangladesh / Disease Control / Egypt / Emerging Diseases / Epidemiology / ILRI / Indonesia / North Africa / Southeast Asia / Zoonotic Diseases

Animal surveillance needed to stop bird flu and other human epidemics–World Bank

ILRI has worked with Indonesia to control bird flu using participatory disease surveillance and control approaches (photo credit: ILRI/Jost). The World Bank this week reports that since the beginning of this year, the H5N1 bird flu virus has re-emerged, killing people in Egypt and across Asia. Experts say we need to invest in stronger human … Continue reading

Africa / Animal Diseases / Animal Health / Disease Control / East Africa / Kenya / Middle East / North Africa / RVF / Somalia / Tanzania / Trade / Value Chains

Economic losses from Rift Valley fever greater than previous documented

‘Kenya’s livestock farmers were hardest hit as a result of the death of their animals from the Rift Valley fever disease outbreak in 2006/2007, with total economic losses from livestock deaths valued at over 7.6 million US dollars, researchers revealed. ‘According to the researchers at the Market Opportunities Theme of the International Livestock Research Institute … Continue reading

Africa / Agriculture / East Africa / Egypt / Eritrea / Kenya / Livestock / North Africa / Research

Improved pastures revive Kenya’s livestock exports

Exporters of live animals to Mauritius are preparing to resume the business following the recent rainfall that has improved pasture in Coast province. The growing demand for live Kenyan animals in Mauritius was interrupted by the recent drought that affected many parts in the country, leading traders to suspend exports since they could not get … Continue reading